The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 in Queens, New York, all earned their first merit badges before even putting on their uniforms – by surviving life in one of the city’s homeless shelters. The troop, which was established as part of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign to provide better services for the city’s 24,000 homeless children, includes 21 girls, ranging in age from 7 to 14. 14-year-old Hailey, one of the scouts, tells the New York Times, "We're starting a chain reaction. Hopefully, in the next couple years, there will be more Girl Scout troops in shelters"
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